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Leave the worshipers and places of worship alone!

Riyadh, Nov. 22 -- A criminal act committed by anyone especially on worshipers or in a place of worship of any faith should be condemned, whether it is by Palestinians or Jews but the news report 'Synagogue strike: House demolition by Zionists renders attackers' kin homeless' and the related threat by the Israeli prime-minister's statement: 'I have ordered the destruction of the homes of the Palestinians who carried out this massacre and to speed up the demolition...' are cause for real concern.

I wonder whether the Israeli prime minister remembers the massacre by a Jewish settler by the name Baruch Goldstein, in 1994, acting like an army reservist, burst into a mosque in Hebron and fired up to 100 bullets at worshipers.

The shooting spree lasted ten minutes or more and killed 40 worshipers. The injured were taken to a hospital in western Hebron, where thousands gathered for news of relatives and friends who were in the mosque at the time of attack.

When a protest broke up there the Israeli army killed another 12 Palestinians near the hospital.

The mosque was packed with hundreds of worshipers on that Friday morning prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Although the then prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, condemned the killings, which he described 'as a lone man's act', there was no order to demolish murderer's or his kin's houses, despite he being a settler.

Leave alone the present Israeli prime minister, I wonder, how many of the current world leaders remember this Hebron tragedy!

Michael A. Hoffman in a poem related to these two incidents of 2014 and 1994 says: 'Today the heart of the world bleeds; indeed it wears its heart on its sleeve!'

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Date:Nov 22, 2014
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